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-terrorist official tells the u.s. to focus -- economic targets like banks and stock exchanges. at the same time, developments on the battlefields in afghanistan and pakistan that are linked to the plot, apparently. here are key points. authorities say a german citizen of afghan descent is in custody spelling out the terror plan, like the terror plot in mumbai that killed 164 people two years ago. osama bin laden apparently approved the plan. no word so far if threats were also made against the united states. now, to the war zone in afghanistan and pakistan. nato says an air strike killed a top al qaeda commander in northern afghanistan along its border with pakistan. the u.s. recently increased the number of drone attacks in pakistan, and this may be due in part to information on the terror plot. drone targets in pakistan include taliban and al qaeda forces and militants linked to al qaeda. and the taliban denied claims made by the top u.s. commander in afghanistan, general david petraeus, that the taliban wants, was in contact with afghan government officials about possible peace talks. there'
. so we're trying to focus that anger. >> that's why democratic leaders are using the remaining days before at the election to push 11th hour legislation. >> creating jobs by making it in america, not transferring jobs overseas. >> a series of bills in the house, even one this week requiring american flags to be made in america. now, in the senate, the bill to end some tax breaks for companies expanding overseas and giving new tax incentives to businesses bringing jobs home. >> when a corporation tries to take away someone's job and send it halfway around the world, we have to stop them. >> this bill we'll be voting cloture on on tuesday will do nothing to create jobs here in our country. >> republicans scoff at what they call the latest in a series of desperate last-minute political votes. melman and other democratic strategists are telling their candidates, this -- >> it's a bright line. it won't be enough to change the whole political climate. is it enough to win some seat somewhere? the answer is yes. >> a little bit of a reality check. democratic sources say they know the legisl
. our susan candiotti joins us with the latest on the investigation. >> and of course the question is, why an attack on this 34-year-old diplomat who had been in the country for about eight years now working at the nicaraguan mission. cesar mercado. and police found not one but two knives. and they weren't found next to his body. they were found in the bathroom of the small studio apartment where the diplomat lived. cesar mercado, apparently one of the knives were a steak knife according to new york police commissioner paul brown. and he says it was found near the bathroom sink and the sink was filled with blood, unfortunately. and the second knife was a smaller paring knife and that was found inside the sink. so why the positioning of the knives? so many questions to be answered here. his body was found just inside the front door. and when the driver came, the door was unlocked. he opened it up, looked inside, saw the body, and immediately called the police. so they have a lot to try to figure out. his throat, indeed, was cut. and they also said that he was stabbed in the stomach. so
suzanne malveaux traveling with the president this morning. she'll join us live with the latest on his departure. >>> seven former members of the u.s. air force claiming aliens in ufos have visited earth to deliver a warning. and they want the government to come clean. could it be that we have been visited by e.t.? >> hope so. >>> meantime, the a.m. fix blog is up and running. go to cnn.com/amfix. >>> we begin with a developing story out of iraq. an american service member now in custody suspected of fatally shooting two u.s. soldiers and wounding a third. >> military officials say they died in a "noncombat incident" in fallujah. barbara starr is live at the pentagon. this is a very, very tragic story. what are your sources telling you about what may have happened? >> well, john and kiran, this is the most terrible news for two military families, of course. the military announcing it does have a soldier in custody regarding this case. the man in custody is identified by the military as specialist neftali platero. suspected in shooting deaths of two soldiers. the two men died in this in
war on terror, and there is no question there are radicals in the region who will use this issue to fuel the propaganda that america is at war against islam and americans are anti-muslim in some way. so there is certainly going to be some global repercussions to the discussion that we have here, but, mona is absolutely right. this isn't about them. this is about us and who we are, and the fact that we don't allow these kinds of, you know, mainstream islamaphobic, these religious bigotries to actually define our laws or mayor our decisions for us. >> the imam said last night that, seeing what has happened, that he would, if he could go back in time, he wouldn't have chosen to build the center near ground zero. take a listen to what he had to say. >> given what you know now, would you have built? >> as i mentioned it, this story is not new. people knew about it. >> but given what you know now, would you have said, listen, let's not do it there? because it sounds like you're saying, in rhett stroe respect, wouldn't have done it. >> yes. >> would you not have done it? >> yes. if i kn
at them flying. cell phone video giving us a front row seat. >>> heavy machinery grinding into disputing soil. israel restarting construction today. >>> if it's tried and fast, it's usually fattening. cnn begins a focus on american's killer diet. we call the series, "eatocracy." >> there foods in fast food restaurants that are good for you. >> how about that. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> extreme fear of an impending crash followed by relief after the pilot brings the plane down safely. it was caught on video by the passengers themselves aboard delta airlines flight 4951 this weekend. >> brace for impact. >> stay down! stay down! stay down! stay down! stay down! >> kept their heads down then got them up and clapped. the pilot made an emergency landing because the right rear landing gear was stuck. josh levs been following the details. >> two sides to it. the relief, then the invest about why did that go wrong. let's start with what happened. you had 64 people on the plane. took off from atlanta. supposed to go to white plains. made the emergency landing at jfk. 60 passengers
the extreme weather for us this morning. >>> and president obama firing up the voters in a scene reminiscent of the 2008 campaign. we remember that young people helped the president get elected, but can he get them to the polls in november and keep democrats in control of congress? >>> up first, though, an a.m. security watch. new concerns that al qaeda is plotting a series of commando style raids across europe and perhaps here in the united states. >> law firm source tells us this morning that osama bin laden may have signed off on the plan. homeland security correspondent jeanne meserve has more from her sources. she's live in washington this morning. what do we know? >> well, john and kiran, the volume seems to be turned up on threat information about possible terror strikes in europe. according to multiple sources in europe and the u.s., the intelligence has raised concern about a mumbai-style attack that would create a lot of casualties and a lot of chaos in a short period of time. according to law enforcement sources in the u.s., economic institutions including banks and stock exchange
this story and joins us now boy phone. thelma, what more have we learned about this church group? >> reporter: fred, i can tell you that one of the women is being questioned by detectives right now about the nature of this group were they in fact, a cult or did they breakaway from a more traditional church to form their own prayer group. here is what we know. the sheriff's department told us it was an absolutely great sunday, he said everyone is okay, no crimes have been committed, despite the fact that there was a huge national manhunt taking place for the five women and eight children and fred, the way that it came to the attention of authorities that they were finding is that apparently, there was somebody here at the park, they recognized the cars and they saw this group of 13 sitting under a tree, on the grass, praying. they immediately called authorities, authorities came out to this park and found that they were fine. and you could imagine, as we roll in, the press, all the sheriff cars, the look of surprise on the faces of this group of people who are sitting on the grass praying. unb
against her will. and no one will tell her why. >>> i'm don lemon, thanks for joining us. midwest where the flooding in flood waters have forced 1,000 people from their home. the water is still surging even though the rain has stopped. there it is right there. this is the scene out of minnesota. that is the cannon river canal and the water is still climbing as we speak. one of the rivers is supposed to crest during the hour here. we're joined now by skype. tell us what you're seeing. >> we're seeing a wisconsin river the highest it's ever been since 1938. the water levels are about three feet from the back door of our house. we are hoping that the river has crested at this point, although we have at least a couple of watchful hours to make sure that everything holds. >> so tim, this is your front porch. is your home in any danger right now? >> our understanding is that our home was here the last time the river flooded in 1938, so we're keeping our fingers crossed and hoping that it's safe. there are about a half dozen homes in this neighborhood that have already flooded. downstream in
? congratulations. you get the book. appreciate it. that's it for us. situation room with wolf blitzer next. >>> new evidence that the man trying to bomb times square in new york city didn't plan to stop there. this hour, we're learning more about the terror threats then and now including a potential plot to attack high-profile targets in europe. >>> also, the california governor's race gets combustible with new allegations leveled by a former housekeeper to republican candidate meg whitman. stand by for the story and brand new polls on some of the hottest political races in the nation. some will surpriseyou. our investigative correspondent will reveal how she was almost punked. political activist tried to create a fake story and embarrass cnn. wait until you hear and see these very strange details. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room". >>> threatened to be the most serious terror attacks since 9/11. now we're learning that he had over targets as well. a potential terror plot in europe that may have been green lighted by osama bin laden himself. let's bring in homeland security correspon
'll tell us why and what he's doing about it. >>> you've been telling us who your heroes are, thousands of you. now we'll reveal the top ten cnn heroes of the year for the first time right here this hour on cnn. >>> first if you want to make a republican smile, mention the year 1994. that year is midterm elections coming halfway through the first term of a democratic president, bill clinton, republicans picked up 54 house seats and 8 senate seats. more than enough to win control of both houses of congress. 16 years later, we are halfway through the first term of a democratic president, a different one now with the democratic majority in congress and republicans aren't the only ones making comparisons and predictions and promises. this morning, the house republican leadership rolled out its pledge to america. a longer and less specific version of 1994's contract with america. the setting was a lumber company in northern virginia, the key points are these. a halt to any stimulus spending that hasn't gone out yet. and a rollback of overall spending to prestimulus, prebailout levels. repeal
as the u.s. military forges ahead in the final wave of the surgery. jason carroll shows us how one soldier is making the last few preparations before his mission gets under way in the ongoing series "a soldier's story." >> the a.m. fix blog is up and running. we want to hear from you. also, you can send us your pictures and video if you've been affected at all by hurricane earl. go to cnn.com/amfix. >>> it is big, bad and bearing down on the outer banks of north carolina. the radar tells us the story. hurricane earl, a real powerhouse now. it's back to high speed, 145 miles an hour. that is a category four storm, folks. and the center of this monster could come dangerously close to the carolina coast by midnight tonight. >> right now, hurricane warnings and watches are in effect for north carolina to delaware. and as far north as massachusetts. in fact, president obama already signing a disaster declaration for north carolina in case earl continues to track to the west, bringing it closer to the coast. and of course, earl making a lot of people nervous this morning, because if the system d
to be hiding in yemen, and u.s. officials believe he's a significant operational figure with al qaeda. in court papers filed this morning, the obama administration said the case could require the disclosure of highly sensitive national security information. and that's why it want this is case dismissed. the obama administration is invoking its state privileges. the cleric is a u.s. citizen. joining us now by phone is jonathan turley, an expert on constitutional law at george washington university. and he also has experience as lead council in a state secrets case. all right, professor, i'm glad you could be with us. does this case merit a state secret privilege? >> well, i have to say, i find it questionable. because the indication really raises a very simple and threshold issue, and that is, can the president of the united states on his own authority simply say, i'm going to kill this citizen? now, obviously the administration has some very good reasons to want to capture him. but to do a targeted assassination of a citizen without any due process raises obvious concerns. but really before we
to seeing you once again. thanks for being with us. we'll look forward to seeing you again here on "rick's list" at 3:00, 4:00, and 8:00. here's wolf blitzer in "the situation room". >> bill clinton points a finger at the person he says flaked out in the mid-east peace process. and the former president warns democrats not to play games and answer as personal health question that a lot of people are asking right now. plus, defeat for lady gaga. another gay-rights activist, the senate fails to move forward with legislation that would end, don't ask, don't tell. what do opponents of the military policy do now? and a new lightning rod of the tea party politics movement fights a group that says she's a crook. we're investigating the allegations against christine o'donnell. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> a warning today from israel's chief, that a new round of violence could explode. i spoke today with a veteran of middle east diplomacy. the former president of the united states bill clinton holding the conference in new york city. we covered a wide range of topics. firs
months ago this week, a top to bottom overhaul of u.s. health care, an overhaul that presidents dating back to teddy roosevelt have contemplated, debated, or attempted. six months ago, it was sign into law by president obama. today as you may have seen live here on cnn, the president talking about provisions of that law that come into force this week. this is the first of that health care bill. it's what the white house calls a patients' bill of rights. he's just about the only democrat who is going to use health and reform in the same sentence because the reason has to do with the calendar. we're 40 days away from the elections where every single house seat and 37 senate seats are up for grabs. voters are split to say the least. 40% of americans favor reform, 56% oppose it. there are some tricks to that poll because the 56% oppose, some oppose because it didn't go far enough. most say it's too liberal, but a sizable chunk says it doesn't go far enough. when we ask which party can handle the issue better, it's a dead heat. all of this forms a backdrop to the president's visit to a fami
center where 48 were killed just two weeks ago. this of course comes four days now after the u.s. formally handed over military command to the iraqis. a lot of people are asking how did iraqi security forces perform? >>> also, censored. craigslist taking down its adult services section after criticism from the cnn center, this is "cnn sunday morning." it is 6:00 a.m. where i sit in atlanta, georgia, 1:00 p.m. in baghdad, glad you could be with us. i'm t.j. holmes. we welcome troops watching on the armed forces network in iraq and afghanistan. thank you for starting your day with us. we start in iraq, security in the country has been fresh on the minds of people here in the u.s. and around the world after the u.s. formally handed command to the iraqis. suicide bombers going after a familiar target. we want to go to our arwa damon in baghdad for us. arwa, yes, of course the security has been fresh on the mind after the formal handover but truth be known iraqi forces have been in the lead of security for that country for some time in the first place but tell us why this familiar tar
died. buright now i feel that this is what i'm supposed to do. >> that's it for us tonight. i'm don lemon at the cnn world headquarters in atlanta. see you back here tomorrow night 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. eastern. and we leave you tonight with the familiar tribute in light, now synonymous with ground zero, symbolizing the fallen on that day. day. good night. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> nine years ago in the aftermath of 9/11, the united states had one sworn enemy. fast forward to 2010. >> we're commanded to terrorize the disbelievers. and this is a religion, like i said. >> you're commanded to terrorize the disbelievers? >> the koran says very clearly inheab arabic language, [ speaking foreign language ] . this means terrorize them. >> a decade later bin laden's message, jihad against the west, is more of a threat now than ever. his words have taken root in a new generation of radical muslims embracing everything he represents. >> i love osama bin laden. i love him -- like i can't begin to tell you. >>> good evening. i'm drew griffin. we welcome viewers in the u.s. and aro
will allow us to skip you, mr. mayor, for a moment. erick erickson has gone after this pledge calling it pablam. others have called it a pledge to do nothing. >> i think i said milquetoast. the party of no has been working well for nancy pelosi in 2006, it's been working well for us now. i'm disappointed in them. it doesn't have an earmark span which i thought they needed to have after the big dog and pony show over earmarks. it starts off at the beginning about how the ruling class elite. page 15, mandates on health care insurance companies. i'm just disappointed with. >> let me read you what david frumm, former bush speech writer has said about you. he wants to ask you, what did you expect? here's the gop cruising to a hansom election victory. did you seriously imagine they would jeopardize the project of victory and chairmanships by issuing big, bold promises to do deadly unpopular things? >> what's very popular right now is defunding obama care. all the things david frumm would want in life are things republicans and most americans are opposed to. i didn't expect them to go in tha
the lawsuit dismissed saying it requires the u.s. to disclose highly classified information. >>> the fbi searching homes and offices in minneapolis and chicago, all part of what it calls the materiel support of terrorism. one activist says he and others were served s e ed subpoenas toy before the grand jury. no one arrested. >>> two astronauts and one cosmonaut back on earth. the soyuz spacecraft landed in kazakhstan this morning. the return delayed a day after an unducking glitch. >>> a christian outreach concert scheduled for soldiers and families in ft. bragg, north carolina, crosses the line. general david petraeus says he worries that the muslim overzellous on the christians' faith. he's talking about people who insult islam for calling it an evil and wicked religion. so what's the controversy? just this. the event at ft. bragg is being held by evangelist billy graham and his son franklin, and it's franklin graham has said it's evil and wicked. will it be a problem for our commander overseas? a special report by pentagon correspondent chris lawrence. >> reporter: the christian conce
consecutive year, 11:30 eastern on nbc. thanks for joining us. "ac 360" is next. >>> thanks, larry, and thanks for joining us. >>> tonight, can someone in a u.s. senator's office post a hate-filled death threat online and get away with it? it took amateurs just hours to trace the computer so why is it taking folks in congress days to find the computer user? we're keeping them honest. also tonight a congressional candidate comes out with an over the top political ad about the proposed islamic center near ground zero using the term muslim and terrorist interchangeably. is she using ground zero to boost her trailing campaign? we'll ask her, tonight. and the shocking new revelations in that connecticut home invasion horror. family held hostage and assaulted and killed, all the while the alleged murderers were texting each other, talking about champing at the bit to do the crime. tonight you'll see their texts and hear what happened in court today. >>> we begin keeping them honest as we always do with an internet slur and death threat sent from the office of a u.s. senator. our question tonight, wh
on consumer demand. we have to find a way to extend tax cuts and use it as a stimulus measure. we have to have it for a short enough period, two to three years, so we can get money back pumping into the economy, but not have it where it's a noose around our necks for ten, 15, 20 years. we already know this will cost about $2.2 trillion if we keep it. we can't afford it with the deficits already running over $1 trillion a year. >> i want to get back to that. it sounds like you are talking about threading the needle a bit. mark preston, 31 democrats have broken from president owe became gentleman and urged the bush tax cuts for everyone including the wealthiest americans. so is this a sign that the president's sagging poll numbers have made him a liability for all of the people heading into the mid terms, or is this just about the economic reality? >> no. i think he's certainly a liability for the 31 democrats and perhaps even more. look, president obama is still very well liked by americans when you asked them in these pin polls, but in certain parts of the country, he doesn't play well politic
that really makes me feel good. >>> good evening, everyone. i'm don lemon. thanks for joining us. tonight we'll devote the better part of this hour to the controversy swirling around bishop eddie long. ted haggard faced his own sex scandal. but we want to catch up on some of the top stories. >>> the water left behind in the midwest from recent storms is causing big problems. torrential downpours caused flooding. it's expected to last throughout the weekend. >>> a federal judge is ordering the air force to reinstate an openly lesbian flight nurse. major margaret witt was discharged in 2007 under the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. but the judge said it violated witt's constitutional rights. they blocked a bill that would have repealed the "don't ask, don't tell." >>> the separation of church and state watchdog group staged at fort bragg, north carolina. it was put on by the billy graham evangelistic association, which has staged similar events on other u.s. military bases. critics said the gathering blurred the line between the state, in this case, the military and religion. >>> th
for spending your time with us. cnn saturday continues right now. >>> good morning. the gloves are off. those are the words of republican senator lisa markkowski who lost her primary race. she has a new plan. she wants the voters to write her name in. also, today is the day the well could be dead, completely, sealed off, never to be heard from again. we will give you the latest details on this latest method they are using to finally kill this thing, once and for all. from the cnn center, this is cnn saturday morning, 10:00 a.m. here in atlanta, georgia. 9:00 a.m. in fayetteville arkansas. good morning. i'm t.j. holms. thank you for being here. >>> pope benedict is in london. he has a lot going on today, including taking care of the faithful. some 80,000, that's a live picture you are seeing, they are expecting some 80,000 to show up to hyde park trying to make their way to see the pope. he will be having a prayer vigil. he is not expected for another couple of hours. they are already making their way there. we will take you to london. >>> a texas high school star quarterback and a straight "a
home and making a leaving. part two of our series, "making money on youtube." thanks for joining us, a packed house, a minister under fire, and the words everyone was waiting to hear. >> i am not a perfect man. but this thing i'm going to fight. >> bishopety long, leader of a suburban atlanta mega church. he took to the pulpit for the first time since being accused of having sexual relations with four young men who had been in his church. long didn't address any of the specifics in the civil lawsuits against him, but he repeatedly quoted scripture invoking the image of himself as a righteous and innocent man under attack by evil forces. as a matter of fact, he said, david and goliath a lot. martin savidge joins us. he was at today's service. were the congregation pleased with what they heard or not? >> i think overall, clearly he was in his element here and he spoke eloquently. he delivered his lines very well and many people left feeling more comfortable than when they went in. we were there when people started to go in at 5:30 in the morning, actually, people were in the parking l
to heart attacks. avandia in the u.s. much harder to get now. >>> and what did the pope know about sex abuse cases and when did he know it? we investigate one case from the american heartland. >>> and the senate had questions about bishop eddie long and other mega church pastors back in 2007. but that whole investigation just kind of faded away. we're trying to find out why. >>> i'm kyra phillips and you are live in "the cnn newsroom." >>> americans had been tuning in to jon stewart and steven colbert for reliable come eddic relief from the news, right? it's hard to tell where the sarcasm and satire end and the serious begins. you see newsmakers going on "the daily show" to talk about very sere youz topics. last night king abdullah of jordan had a warning about middle east peace talks. >> the discussions that we had in washington started out better than any of us could have expected. both sides made a lot of ground. and if the issues of settlements on the table on the 30th, everybody walks away and how will we get people back to the table? i don't see that happening in the near future
center where 48 were killed two weeks ago. this attack comes days after the u.s. formerly handed over the country to pakistan. >>> this morning, news this morning about an american peace corps worker killed in south africa. this man was 24 years old and called a teacher, volunteer, and coach. thank you for joining us. let me give alook at some of the other stories making headlines today. if you are looking for the adults services on craig's list, it's not there, it's blocked. last week attorneys general in 17 states accused craig's list of doing little to prevent ads for prostitution and child trafficking. >>> bp has removed the blowout preventer. you know, that thing that did not prevent a blowout. the piece of equipment has been removed from the bottom of the gulf of mexico now. it's going to be a key piece of evidence in the disaster investigation. the justice department has taken k custody of it. >>> in guatemala, 17 people have been killed in landslides there. one of the landslides carried a bus. thousands of homes have been damaged by heavy rains, and a state of emergency has de
, are these people for or against us, it's really taking a toll on the community. >> well, there's been a moving in murfreesboro, one form or another, for 30 years and a spokeswoman says the existing one is too small. this is what they got approve toll build, where the suspected arson took place this weekend, that's the plan. a ball field, playground, burial ground, walking path swaz mosque. for the money, organizers say on the website 95% of it is from local donations. for the opposition, people have defaced and destroyed signs of the mosque, rallied against it the message you can see on the sign says "not welcome" and now, what appears to be arson. during a recent 700 club segment titled megamoving nation, pat robertson singled out the center, he's not in favor of churches being built or other restricts on freedom of religion but said this is not about religion. >> mark my word, if they start brings thousands and thousands of muslims into that relatively rural area, the next thing you know, they're going to be taking over the city council. then they're going to be having an ordinance that call
a florida church wants to burn copies of the koran. before you say anything, the u.s. commander in afghanistan says it's a terrible idea that could put our troops in harm's way. with the end of ramadan, just days away, with that celebration could come on the very same day as the anniversary of 9/11 that could change how american-muslims celebrate. >>> also, the am fix blog is up and running. we've love for you to weigh in. join a live conversation by going to cnn.com/amfix. >>> let's begin, though, with the election. eight weeks away. republicans gaining, the economy sliding along with the democrats at this point. it's looking like a long uphill climb for the president and democratic party. 56 days remain until the midterm elections. >> yeah. and it's been a rough start for democrats. we take a look at our new cnn opinion research poll released just moments ago, suggested that republicans may be winning the confidence when it comes to handling the economy. a pretty stunning reversal of what we've seen in other polls. with 46% favoring the gop. 43% backing the democrats. the pres
>>> thanks for joining us. >>> tonight, can someone in a u.s. senator's office post a hate-filled death threat online and get away with it? it took amateurs hours to trace the computer, so why is it taking folks in congress days to find the computer user? we're keeping them honest. >>> also tonight a congressional candidate comes out with an over the top political ad about the proposed islamic center near ground zero using the term muslim and terrorist interchangeably. is she using ground zero to boost a trailing campaign? we're going to ask her tonight. and the shocking new revelations in that connecticut home invasion horror. horror. family held hostage and assaulted and killed, all the while the alleged murderers were texting each other, talking about champing at the bit to do the crime. tonight you'll see their texts. boost a trailing campaign? we'll ask her, tonight. and the shocking new revelations in the connecticut home invasion horror. family held hostage and assaulted and killed, all the while the alleged murderers were texting each other, talking about champing a
. >> yeah. it affects all of us. that's for sure. josh, thanks. >> thanks. >>> now let's fast forward to a couple events today. president obama's expected to talk more about the economy and jobs later this hour delivering remarks at the export council meeting at the white house at 9:45 eastern time. at the top of the hour, the government releases the annual poverty report. this year's numbers are expected to be a grim reflection of our lousy economy. the findings due to be announced about 10:00 eastern. we'll bring them to you. >>> california's governor wants the white house to declare san bruno a disaster after the horrific gas explosion and fire a week ago today. three people are still missing. four people were killed. and more than three dozen homes were completely destroyed. the feds are looking at the ruptured pipe to see what went wrong. but a consumer watchdog group has an idea of what we went wrong claiming that the utility pg&e planned to replace a section of the that pipeline about three years ago and raised rates on customers to pay for it but it didn't happen. the watchdog
in new york within the next couple of hours. our susan candiotti is in new york for us. susan, good morning to you. it seems sarah already has an itinerary set for her when she gets back. >> reporter: oh, that's right. she'll be busy with a news conference, or at least reading from a prepared statement when she gets back. of course, we're all looking forward to hearing that. you know, t.j., you can certainly be sure this will be a day of mixed emotions for sarah shourd. of course, she will be thrilled to be setting foot on u.s. soil for the first time in more than 13 months, but after all, she is leaving behind her two friends, including her fiance, shane bauer, to whom she became engaged while she was in prison in iran, as well as her other friend josh fattal. of course, they were released from iran and arrived in oman earlier this week. on tuesday she was met which her mom and her uncle at the time. and this followed secret negotiations that took place. our senior correspondent nic robertson has learned they began about eight months ago, and at first, he said, he learned from oman
. >>> good evening everyone. i'm don lemon. thanks for joining us. tonight we're going to devote the better part of this hour to a discussion about the controversy swirling around bishop eddie long. among those joining us ted haggard a man who faced his own sex scandal while a minister but first we want to catch up on the top stories. they are drying out in the upper midwest but the water left behind from recent storms is causing big problems. torrential downpours have led to days of rising flood waters in parts of minnesota and wisconsin. no reports of deaths or injuries though. but the flooding is expected to last throughout the weekend. a federal judge is ordering the air force to reinstate an openly lesbian flight nurse. major margaret witt was discharged in 2007 under the military's don't ask don't tell policy but the judge ruled the discharge violated witt's constitutional rights. this past week the senate blocked a defense bill that would have repealed don't ask don't tell. a watch dog group for the separation of church and state is criticizing a concert staged today at fort bragg, c
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for what you're doing. >> thanks. >> that's all of the time that we have today. i'm wolf blitzer. join us weekdays in "the situation room" 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. eastern every saturday at 6:00 p.m. eastern right here at cnn, and at that time, every weekend on cnn international. the news continues next on cnn. >>> hello, everyone i'm don lemon. thank you so much for joining us. tonight, we're going to devote the better part of this hour to a discussion about the controversy swirling around bishop eddie long. among those joinings tonight ted hag art a man who faced his own sexual scandal while still a minister. there he is live. he'll join us in just a bit but first 60 seconds catch you up on today's top stories. >>> the torrential rains in the upper midwest are gone but the water left behind is causing big problems. thursday's downpours have told a week end of cresting creeks and rivers in parts of minnesota and wisconsin. no reports of deaths or injuries though but flooding is expected to last through the weekend. >>> the obama administration is asking a court to dismiss a lawsuit filed on beh
's out there as well. rob marciano here with us in atlanta in the extreme weather center. it's just a messy one. >> it is, welcome, john. not only do we have all of that happening but right now two tornado warnings out for parts of virginia and north carolina. let's go to the magic wall. kyra tuck county, northeastern parts of north carolina, and matthews county, the pink polygons that you see here these are tornadoes. and both of these cells are moving north at 40 miles an hour. so moving very, very quickly. this saul within a tornado watch that empasses a big swath of real estate across the mid-atlantic until 1:00 this afternoon. so this is -- you know, we have remnants of a tropical system which was only around for a little bit. and we got a tremendous amount of rain. flooding a huge issue. boy, i'll tell you some of the areas that we've already seen flooding in, like wilmington, 7 inches of rainfall. that's just in 24 hours. and that doesn't include, john, the 10 inches that they had two days earlier. they could very well end up with 20 inches of rainfall without a hurricane the
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do. shannon travis, good to have you here with us. we're going to be checking in with you in a little bit on this cnn saturday morning. thank you so much. >> absolutely. >>> sarah palin endorsed the other guy who actually won that primary, but she is headlining now the gop's biggest fundraiser. she did this last night in des moines. revved up the republican base at the reagan dinner saying we can't wait until 2012 to get our country back on track. palin didn't say anything about her plans to maybe run for president. instead she helped little-known candidates win like christine o'donnell the republican primary in delaware on tuesday. >>> well, the iowa caucuses, of course, is always the first test of presidential candidates. we'll get you that sound, let you hear from sarah palin in just a bit. it is day two, the conservative political gathering known as the values voter summit in washington. it highlights the gop's promise and peril heading into midterm elections. bill bennett will be taking the stage at 9:25 eastern this morning. former speaker of the house newt gingrich going to add
by urging the dismissal of a suit filed against the u.s. government. and bishop eddie long is facing another allegation of sexual misconduct. a fourth lawsuit has been filed against the pastor. and a federal judge has ruled against a military's don't ask, don't tell policy. we'll hear from an openly gay former air force nurse who was just reinstated years after her discharge. >>> up first, national security and the case of yemeni american clairic al awlaki. the obama administration is asking the judge to dismiss a case filed on behalf of the cleric's father. chris, what is this suit about and why is this administration trying to have it dismissed? >> what's going on is the fact that the u.s. government is claiming that they have a state secret privilege. in other words, they feel that to grant this injunction would expose a lot of the ways in which the military and intelligence officials are operating around the globe to fight terrorists. you've got two issues here. on one hand, the aclu is saying awlaki, even though he lives in yemen, is still a united states citizen and u.s. officials have
's on a cia military hit list to be killed or captured. al awlaki's father is suing the u.s. from going after him. the u.s. secretary of defense, director of national intelligence and director of the cia want that lawsuit dismissed. our pentagon correspondent chris lawrence is watching the developments from washington. what are these national security concerns these officials have. >> reporter: yeah, fredricka. you've got national security on one side. some groups contend you have basic rights of an american on the other. here is what it boils down to. you mentioned why the government wants awlaki, they say he not only recruited the nigerian man who tried to blow himself on the airline that landed in detroit on christmas day he also exchanged e-mails with nadal hassan, the chaplain who opened fire and killed numerous people at ft. hood. al awlaki is not shy about saying he's planning and plotting attacks on the united states. they want him. they have targeted him. his father makes the point that he is a u.s. citizen and the u.s. government does not have a right to target its own citizens for
>>> well, that's going to do it for us. >> thanks for joining us. "cnn newsroom" starts right now with kyra phillips. good morning. >> good morning here's what we're working on this morning. >> i thought equality was no non-negotiable. >> the call for action. is it enough to sway two republican senators on don't ask, don't tell? >>> the fda debates genetically altered salmon. could it be safe? a top food expert weighs in. >>> the president awards the highest military honor to this man that made the ultimate sacrifice for fellow comrades. you'll hear his story from the men that respect him most. i'm kyra phillips. you are live in "the cnn newsroom." >>> first, just learning now that a helicopter that crashed in afghan was carrying nine american troops. we don't have specifics as to what exactly happened but we're told that enemy fire has been ruled out as a possible cause. today's casualties make this year the deadliest so far for the war in afghanistan. more than 500 coalition troops have been killed. we're going to continue to monitor this story an bring you updates as soon as we
for us. thanks for joining us. we'll see you tomorrow bright and early. be there. with bells on. the news continues on cnn with kyra phillips. >> good morning. here is what we're working on this morning for you. >> down. stay down. heads down. stay down. >> cell phone cameras catch the fear during an emergency landing. how a pilot saved the day for 64 people. tackling arizona politics, protester confronts senator john mccain and ends up on the ground. you'll see the entire video. and if you're digging into breakfast is your cereal organic? we're looking at the difference in price, taste and health benefits as we kick off a week and a long focus on food. 9:00 a.m. on the east coast, 6:00 a.m. out west. you're live in the cnn newsroom. >>> the leader of one of the nation's most influential black mega choyfrps says he is ready to fight against allegations that he pray preyed on four young men to force them into sexual relationships. eddy long stood at the pulpit defending himself at georgia's new birth missionary baptist church. >> as i said earlier, i am not a perfect man. but this thing i'
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, regardless of what his motives are, newark, new jersey can really use the 100 million shot in the arm. newark public schools are in a lot of trouble. it is new jersey's largest school district. over 40,000 students and it was taken over by the state in 1995. the headline of today's newark star ledger says is this really the way to fix newark schools. let's bring in the editor of the editorial page. tom, i'm sorry. thank you for joining us. >> glad to be here. >> first of all, are you -- where do you stand on this issue of whether this is pr or a good thing? >> i don't think anybody in newark cares whether he is or not. this is not only 100 million, it's a challenge grant. we're hoping for 200 million. that will be a big help. >> the newspaper says, is this really the right thing. what's that to promote? >> most i'm talking to are overjoyed about this. newark at this point, spends a billion dollars a year. this will be over four years. that's $20 million a year on top of a billion. it's not revolutionary in terms of the money. more charter schools. weakening tenure performance. merit pay for g
of tea. yesterday's elections in seven states and the district of columbia gave us the biggest day in politics we'll see until the actual november midterms. here are the big winners. in delaware, starting things off, this tiny state making big headlines. the tea party darling, christine o'donnell, captures the republican senate race. new york city, democratic senator char rangel easily fends off the right to seek a 21st term. a big deal, expected to win, but remember he's awaiting an ethics trial back in washington, d.c. also in washington, d.c., the city council chairman vincent gray upset the city mayor, adrian fent any a democratic may oral race and paladino, millionaire from buffalo scores defeating the candidate in the new york republican race for governor. the delaware race, the marquise matchup. tiny state but making big headlines. o'donnell backed pie the tea party and sarah palin's blessen easily turned away a nine-term delaware congressman mike castle for the right to seek the senate's seat job joe biden held for some 36 year. republican leaders until a short time ago see
headed across a very large swath of the u.s. coastline. it's got a lot of people worried. >> that's right. right now we're going to update you on exactly where hurricane earl is and where the track of hurricane earl is expected as the day moves on. first, though, a quick update on a security breach that happened at miami's airport. this was earlier this morning. the feds are now confirming that a passenger was taken into custody and that the bomb squad was brought in after a suspicious item was spotted in the baggage screening area. we have our john zarella on it. he's going to be joining us live with the very latest on this investigation in a few moments. >> first let's get to hurricane earl making its move up the east coast. the category 2 storm has weak epd now. it still poses a threat. right now earl is centered about 100 miles off the coast of cape hatteras, north carolina. storm warnings and watches stretch all the way to canada now. >> and hurricane earl is barrelling up the eastern seaboard, as you can see from the track here. it puts eastern long island as well as new england in
out and instead stay on the job. one person tells us she plans to work until she dies. i'll tell what you, this isn't a new phenomenon. take a look at these numbers here. in 1998, 12% of workers over 65 stayed on the job by choice. in 2008, 17% of older workers delayed retirement. now we're at 18%. so we're seeing this number inch up. by 2018, it's forecast that 22% of workers are going to delay their requirement. now not everyone is staying at their current job. some choose to take on new projects. others start a business. one person tells us when he retired he started a small ebay business. then again some other people just decide to change careers. they got the confidence to do that. one mother who retired from the public school system is now a college professor and education consultant. some people have options, t.j., because at this age they're at the height of their careers and not really ready to pack it in and start golfing, gardening and bird watching. they want to reach to new heights in their careers. >> you give some of the reasons there they might want to keep working. ho
control right there on park avenue. thanks so much for being with us. man, a lot of news today. glad we're able to get you through it. look for it again tomorrow and tonight at 8:00 pl on t.m. on t primetime edition of "rick's list." hope to see you there. now wolf blitzer. >> workers forced overboard off an oil rig and forcing new pollution fears in the gulf of mexico. >>> also, warnings stretching from north carolina to new england to canada as a massive storm bears down on the east coast. we'll get the latest from the director of the national hurricane center. he's standing by live. and russia's military is blowing up tanks and missile launchers with a lot of air. we'll show you what's behind this secret inflatable arsenal. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with the breaking news. an oil and gas production platform caught fire in the gulf of mexico today about 100 miles off the coast of louisiana. mariner energy, the company that owns the platform, says the fire began at one of seven active wells connected to the rig. 13 workers were forced overboard, but
go, but it is going to cost. reza sayah is on the story for us this morning. reza, good morning to you. how much does i iran want? >> reporter: $500,000, t.j. that's how much they want. this has been a bizarre process in iran, and no doubt a difficult one for sarah shourd and her family to go through, of course. initially iranian officials came out last week and said sarah shourd would be released. then they said she wouldn't be released. and now today, again, they're saying she c be released, in exchange for half a million dollars in bail money. the latest twist came today at a news conference by tehran's revolutionary court prosecutor. the prosecutor saying today that shourd's f sarah medical condition, iran is offering to release her for that ba ail money. i don't think there is any doubt that her famy is somehow going to come up with thatmoney. it is not clear at this point when that's going to happen and when she will be allowed to leave the country. as far as the other two hikers go, shane bauer and joshua fattal, the prosecutor said today they're not going anywhere, they'
economy. that wraps up it for this show, you but connect with us on twitter. go to my facebook page as well, leave your comments there. i read every last one of them. and make sure you join us every week for "your $$$$$," saturdays at 1:00 p.m. eastern, and log on to cnnmoney.com. to cnnmoney.com. have a great weekend. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> hello, everyone, from the cnn headquarters in atlanta, earl once a powerful hurricane is now a weakening tropical storm. jacqui jeras is tracking it, so where is it? >> it's moving so quickly, it's almost tough to keep track of it as a result. it's moving at 40 miles per hour so it's really on the go and it's a strong tropical storm. it's almost a hurricane still, 70-mile-per-hour winds maximum sustained, 74 is what you've got for a hurricane. this is still packing a punch. here you can see nova scotia, it made landfall 10:00 eastern time. it's over the gulf of st. lawrence now and will continue packing those strong winds and bring heavy rainfall. here you can see the forecast track and what we're expecting and it should becom
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